Red Wine and Star Anise Sauce


Preparation info

  • Difficulty


  • Makes about

    2½ cups

Appears in

Cooking One on One

Cooking One on One

By John Ash

Published 2004

  • About


  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 cup medium- or full-bodied red wine
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 3 whole star anise
  • 1 × 3-inch strip of orange zest


COMBINE ALL THE ingredients in a saucepan, stir to dissolve the cornstarch, and bring to a boil. Immediately reduce the heat and simmer slowly, uncovered, for 5 minutes. Let the syrup cool for safety while pouring, and then pour it through a strainer, pressing down on the solids. Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.